A Clinical Psychologist, which most people are familiar with, primarily focuses on diagnosing and treating mental health issues involving emotions and behaviours (for example, anxiety and depression) through talk therapy or behavioural modification. They also assess and diagnose learning disabilities and make recommendations based on their observations.
In comparison, a Clinical Neuropsychologist, such as Dr. Robyn Stephens, is a qualified Clinical Psychologist. The additional years of professional training, clinical supervision, formal academics, and post-doctorate experience required to elevate their clinical understanding of brain and behaviour relationships make them an expert in their field. Dr. Robyn Stephens has specialized knowledge because of her years of training and practice, and she does not just look at how the symptoms present but continues to ask, "but why?"
For example: Why does he have trouble writing things down? Why can't my child focus? What are those twitches my child does? Are they just being avoidant, or is there another reason for their social behaviour? My child is brilliant, yet they aren't doing well at school, but why? Most importantly, what can we do to help individuals become more confident in their everyday lives?
Neuropsychologists specialize in assessing, diagnosing and treating psychological disorders associated with conditions affecting the brain. An expert at understanding the cognitive, emotional and behavioural effects and interactions of brain-based conditions, with sometimes more than one diagnosis, including:
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
Tourette's Syndrome (TS)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Asperger's/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Specific Learning Disabilities and Giftedness
Mental Health Conditions
According to the College of Psychologists of Ontario, of the 3985 Clinical Psychologists currently registered to practice in all of Ontario, only 4% (161) have additional Registration credentials as Clinical Pediatric Neuropsychologists for the treatment and assessment of children/youth. Even fewer, only 67 (1.6% of Ontario Clinical Psychologists are Pediatric Neuropsychologists), are practicing within the General Toronto Area, with most working within Children's Hospitals or Child Rehabilitation settings.
Dr. Robyn Stephens is a licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist, qualified to diagnose and treat all three age groups, children, adolescents and adults, and provide therapy to families.